Siena Skims By Men's Basketball, 75-74
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/28/2008

Dec. 28, 2008

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Rossiter hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds left as Siena rallied from an 18-point second half deficit and defeated Saint Joseph's 75-74 Sunday night.

Clarence Jackson had a career-high 28 points, Edwin Ubiles 12 and Rossiter 11 for Siena (7-4), which has won five of its last six games.

Idris Hilliard had a career-high 20 points and Ahmad Nivins 15 for the Hawks (5-6), who committed 19 turnovers.

Saint Joseph's led 44-39 at the half, then went on a 17-4 run to lead 61-43 with 15:05 left. The Saints' pressing defense then sparked a 19-4 spurt, cutting the lead to 65-62.

Saint Joseph's moved ahead 68-64, but Jackson scored twice to forge a 68-all tie with 4:36 remaining. Ubiles hit a 3-pointer with two minutes left to give Siena its first lead of the second half, 73-72. Then, a layup by Hilliard with 12.7 to go put the Hawks back on top.

The Hawks' Tasheed Carr then stole the ball and was fouled with 9.5 seconds left. But Carr missed the first of a 1-and-1, leading to Rossiter's game-winning points.